In a world where talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not, iMentor is fighting to rebalance the odds and give every young person a chance to realize their dreams. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the schools receives a mentor.
Since 1999, iMentor has connected more than 25,000 students with mentors, and this year iMentor is serving nearly 9,000 students across the country. iMentor Chicago launched in 2015 with 207 pairs, and has grown to serving 1,334 students at 4 schools in 2018-19.
iMentor has been recognized through funding from many of the leading education funders in the country, including the Ballmer Group, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Bezos Family Foundation, New Profit Inc., and the Kresge Foundation. As a team, we are collaborative, fun, bring passion and joy to our work, and deeply believe in human potential. iMentor was recently named one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For by The Nonprofit Times. Read more about our work and values at: http://www.imentor.org
Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We believe that people of all backgrounds deserve equal access to educational opportunities. Recognizing that our country’s history of racism and systemic oppression continues to drive educational disparities for students of color, we give special focus to addressing the economic and racial divides that impact the communities we serve. We are committed to the collective work and intentional investment necessary to consistently move in the direction of educational equity and inclusion.
iMentor is seeking a dynamic, creative and entrepreneurial professional to recruit volunteer mentors for iMentor Chicago’s 1:1 college success mentoring program. Reporting to the Senior Director of Mentor Engagement, the Manager of Volunteer Recruitment (MVR) will be responsible for creating and executing community engagement and outreach initiatives to mobilize a pool of high-quality mentors (approximately 800+ in 2020) to drive post-secondary success outcomes for our students.
The MVR will collaborate with a team of three to develop and implement a recruitment strategy that is both scalable and sustainable as our program grows. As the lead for all non-employer-based outreach and recruitment, the MVR will steward existing and build new partnerships with a wide variety of community groups, alumni organizations, small businesses, and associations, with a focus on building a volunteer mentor base that represents the racial and geographic diversity of Chicago. The MVR may also partner with smaller businesses and companies to recruit employee volunteers.
The ideal candidate will have experience in volunteer recruitment or management, partnership development, marketing, community relations or engagement, sales, or promotions. They will be a natural networker, able to navigate complex organizations to build and maintain strong partnerships. The MVR will be motivated and energized by ambitious goals and must have strong project management skills and a focus on details, customer service, follow through, and results.
Develop and execute iMentor Chicago’s community-based mentor recruitment strategy to ensure enough high-quality, well-prepared mentors and continue growing the diversity – race, industry, age, neighborhood – of our mentor pool
Play a lead role in development the team’s strategies to recruit more men and people of color
Prepare for, lead, and/or support info sessions, mentor orientations and other training sessions
Identify and pursue high potential recruitment opportunities, which may include speaking engagements, networking events, public events, online postings, and community partnerships
Devise new, innovative approaches to recruitment outreach
Manage communications and follow up with prospective partner organizations, groups, and individuals, acting as the 'face of the organization' and ensuring a superior recruitment process and volunteer experience
Maintain accurate records in Salesforce, and collect and analyze data to assess the performance of current recruitment initiatives and inform future mentor outreach strategies
Manage existing community partnerships to drive mentor recruitment and intake; grow partnerships for increased participation; meet ambitious recruitment targets to support organizational growth
In partnership with the Mentor Engagement team, support Mentor Community campaigns and events such as networking, ongoing training, and mentor appreciation
Support iMentor organization-wide initiatives
Compensation & Benefits
Salary commensurate with experience
Up to 100% employer funded comprehensive medical and dental coverage
18 days paid annual vacation and 13 paid holidays + most iMentor functions closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day
401K match up to 4%
Significant opportunities for professional development and growth
How to Apply
Visit www.imentor.org/jobs to submit a resume and detailed cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Sorry, due to the high-volume of applicants for this and other positions here at iMentor, no phone, email, mail, or fax inquiries will receive a response.
iMentor is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minimum of 5 years of work experience, with at least 2 years of experience in volunteer management, community outreach, sales, and/or partnership management
Experience working in Chicago communities, and a deep understanding of Chicago networks
Keen networker who has the natural ability to build bridges with a wide variety of people, connect people with causes, and inspire them to take action
Demonstrated public speaking, writing and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate a wide variety of people; intuitive, empathic communicator who can quickly build rapport, trust, and credibility
Critical thinker, with the ability to analyze data, recognize trends, and make recommendations
Skilled project manager who can identify needs, scope projects, implement strategy and see something through to completion
Outstanding organizational and time management skills with the ability to juggle many tasks simultaneously without sacrificing thoroughness and detail
Customer service orientation with superior relationship-building skills
Quick learner and hard worker with the ability to thrive under pressure and deadlines
Desire to work in a fast-paced environment; flexible and adaptive to changing priorities
Comfortable taking on both high- and low-level tasks and projects, from driving strategy to managing data and preparing materials for events
Demonstrated alignment with iMentor's mission, values, and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Views differences between individuals (race, gender, age, cultural heritage, physical ability, education and lifestyle) as an asset and demonstrates an appreciation of the diversity within the iMentor community
Bachelor’s degree required
Our organization works in partnership with district public schools across the country; in doing so, we must meet all compliance requirements of those districts
iMentor is a national organization that builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. Since 1999, we have matched more than 26,000 mentors with students. Our model harnesses the power of long-term, personal relationships to help students succeed. We partner with high schools in low-income communities, where a majority of students served will be first-generation college graduates. Each year, we recruit thousands of volunteers who commit to mentor a high school student for at least three years.